SmartMX2 secure MCU gains EAL6+ security certificate

October 04, 2012

colin.holland-October 04, 2012

NXP Semiconductors' SmartMX2 secure microcontroller with a contactless interface based on 90-nm technology has been awarded the Common Criteria EAL6+ certification.

Issued by the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), the EAL6+ security evaluation adds rigorous mathematical testing of the entire security architecture to resistance against various invasive, semi-invasive and non-invasive attacks, thus also formally proving the security concept.

The formal mathematical methods implemented leading to the SmartMX2 security architecture and the corresponding CC EAL6+ certificate is intended to provide a significantly higher trust level to customers.
 
The SmartMX family of secure microcontrollers uses the IntegralSecurity architecture that combines more than 100 different security features including NXP’s SecureFetch protection against laser attacks.

It provides security for a range of applications such as eGovernment, banking, mobile transactions, public transport, access management and device authentication. NXP has shipped more than one billion SmartMX chips to its customers including 86 out of 102 countries with ePassport projects.
 
The SmartMX2 CPU has an  enhanced 8- to 32-bit application instruction set and includes power-efficient, high-speed crypto coprocessors for RSA/ECC and DES/AES. An optimized ISO/IEC 14443 interface includes support for small antenna dimensions while support for MIFARE DESFire, MIFARE Plus, and MIFARE Classic for applications convergence is provided.

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